Reducing turnaround times for wind farm lifts

Liebherr LTR 11200 crawler crane for wind farms

The most significant feature of the 1 200 t Liebherr LTR 11200 is that it is a large hydraulic boom crane mounted on a narrow track crawler crane undercarriage.

Known for its proactive stance in meeting the market’s specific lifting requirements, Johnson Crane Hire recently acquired a new hydraulic crawler crane. Specifically manufactured to handle lifts within wind farm applications, the crane was sourced for a specific project.

The most significant feature of the 1 200t Liebherr LTR 11200 is that it is a large hydraulic boom crane mounted on a narrow track crawler crane undercarriage making it possible to relocate the crane in a short space of time without having to dismantle the crane. This is a major advantage over lattice boom crawler cranes which usually have to be dismantled to be relocated over large distances.

It is the ability of this crawler crane to move along a fairly narrow road between the wind turbines that makes it most attractive. When the crane arrives at the installation site, the outriggers are fully extended which then provide the stability and capacity to lift the wind turbine components. Components include the tower sections, nacelle and rotor consisting of the hub and the three blades.

The prime advantage of being able to relatively rapidly relocate the crawler crane between installation pads will result in significant savings in time and associated costs. The move between locations can be done within six hours, because it is as simple as retracting the hydraulic boom, crawling the machine to the next pad and extending the boom again, ready to install the next turbine’s components.

This is a major time saving when compared to the ten to 20 hours required for the relocation of a lattice boom crane that would have been used previously for this type of project.

The new crane is currently working on a wind farm outside De Aar in the Northern Cape.

Johnson Crane Hire’s philosophy of providing a holistic lifting package, referred to as the ‘SMART’ (Safety, Maintenance, Availability, Reliability and Total cost effectiveness), underpins its approach to working closely with industry to provide fit-for-purpose lifting solutions


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